Beeya, a Sunscreen Made from Purslane Plant by FTP Students

Indonesia is geographically located on the equator, where the sun shines throughout the year.

Based on data from OMI (Ozone Monitoring Instrument) 2004–2013, the UV index in Indonesia is at a very high to extreme level with a range 9-14, especially at 10:00 to 16:00, which is the strongest sunlight shining.

Based on the literature study, it is known that field workers receive 10%-70% of UV exposure every day while office workers receive 6% of UV4 exposure. On the other hand, from the survey results on students in Surabaya, data obtained as many as 78 of 130 respondents (60.0%) do not use sunscreen even though as many as 41 people often do activities at 10.00-16.00.

WHO also explains that UV radiation can cause premature aging, inflammatory reactions in the eye such as photokeratitis, skin cancer and cataracts.

Skin cancer cannot be considered trivial, since the recorded death rate from skin cancer reaches 95%.

Based on these problems, four UB students consisting of Ridwan Aditya Kusuma, Carla Rosario Amelia Metar, Putu Yunita Seliyanti and Aprilia Ardya Putri made BEEYA: an innovation of sunscreen with purslane plant formulation and wheat seed oil formulation which succeeded to get funding in the Student Creativity Program. (PKM) 2021 in the field of Entrepreneurship.

BEEYA is a skin care product in the form of sunscreen with a formulation of natural photoprotector compounds from the purslane plant (Portulaca oleracea), namely flavonoids including kaempferol, quercetin, luteolin and apigenin as well as phenolic acid compounds such as ferulic acid, caffeic, and p-coumaric.

The content of flavonoids and phenolic acids is beneficial for skin youth, anti-aging and protects the skin from the bad effects of UV rays.

In addition, this product is also enriched with wheat seed oil which contains tocopherol, glycerin and vitamin E, which help moisturize the skin and provide extra protection from the harmful effects of UV rays.

BEEYA is packaged in 50 ml tube at a price of IDR 35,000/pcs.

This sunscreen has a sun protecting factor (SPF) of 30 which can block 97% of UV radiation, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor activities.

The long term use of Beeya can minimize the risk of skin cancer and other photoaging diseases so as to improve skin health and user confidence.

BEEYA sunscreen products are unisex cosmetic products with the main target of women and people with special skin care needs such as people with lupus, psoriasis and other special skin conditions that require protection from UV rays, in Malang and its surroundings. (dse/Humas UB/ Trans. Iir)